Your husband, an IT guy, has been offered a dream job in China. So you uproot your two young sons from their home in Maine and move east as the Beijing Olympics are set to begin. Just as you start to get settled you discover lumps in your breast and get the diagnosis no one wants. Such is the lot of Susan Conley's life. Conley will discusses her new memoir “Foremost Good Fortune” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brookline Booksmith.
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MONDAY: Novelist Daphne Kalotay (“Russian Winter”) and poet Chard deNiord (“The Double Truth”) read at 8 p.m., at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge ($3) … Anton Zeilinger discusses “Dance of the Photons,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge … Poets Daniel Tobin, Myra Sklarew, and Andrew Sofer read at 7 p.m., at Harvard-Yenching Library, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge … Ed Fuller discusses “You Can’t Lead with Your Feet on the Desk,” at 6 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, Boston University, Kenmore Square … Martin Henn discusses “Under the Color of Law,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop, Cambridge.
TUESDAY: Edith Pearlman reads from “Binocular Vision,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge … Sheri Holman reads from “Witches on the Road Tonight,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith, Coolidge Corner … Jonathan Evison reads from “West of Here,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Maya Jasonoff discusses “Liberty’s Exiles,” at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square … Ruthie Knapp reads from her children’s book “Who Stole Mona Lisa?” at 7 p.m., at Wellesley Booksmith, 82 Central St., Wellesley … Professsor Jennifer Jean, Salem State University, presents a lecture/discussion on Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel,” at 10:30 a.m., at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody; to register, call 978-531-0100 x 10.
WEDNESDAY: Jasper Fforde discusses “One of Our Thursdays Is Missing,” at 6 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline ($5) … Bob Waxler (“Courage to Walk”) and Bert Stern (“Steerage”) read at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Wesley Stace (“Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer”) and Jonathan Coe (“The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Slim”) read at 7 p.m., at Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut St., Newtonville … William Corbett reads from “The Whalen Poem,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … David Monagan discusses “Ireland Unhinged,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop.
THURSDAY: Jean Fain discusses “The Self-Compassion Diet,” at 7 p.m., at Porter Square Books … Susan Conley discusses “Foremost Good Fortune,” at 7 p.m., at Brookline Booksmith … Sean Dorrance Kelly discusses “All Things Shining,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store … Dave Zeltserman reads from “Outsourced,” at 7 p.m., at the Harvard Square Coop … Jessica Harper (“The Crabby Cook Cookbook”) speaks at 6 p.m., at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
FRIDAY: James Carroll discusses “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” at 7 p.m., at Harvard Book Store.
SATURDAY: Daniel Rasmussen discusses "American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt" at 2 p.m. at Tufts Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth. … Martin W. Sandler discusses “Against the Odds,” at 2:30 p.m., at the Centerville Library, 585 Main St., Centerville.
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